I occasionally get fed up with my Faria dash gauges(constantly) and threaten to upgrade to a Mercruiser Smart Craft(SC) gauge system but keep getting the Merc marketing names and options confused with each other when I hit Ebay to shop for a deal. My boat specs are below (Merc '04 5.7 MPI) and I have a great fuel flow sender already tied to my Garmin 441s chart plotter via a new NEMA 2000 network that runs from the engine compartment to the dash.
I'd like to keep the cost down and tap into the engines on-board Smart Craft harness to get some reliable basics like RPM/hours/oil pres/engine temps (and error codes too, if it doesn't add too much cost). The "Vessel View" seems to have it all but is outside my rational budget for a 10y/o boat.
- Is there a Merc monitor/gauge system that will give me the basics for a $200-300 IE: Merc SC1000 kit for under <$180 on ebay daily? If so, can I tie it to my NEMA 2000 harness or do I need a separate harness and some sort of adapter?
- Can I simply tie in/adapt my existing Garmin chartplotter with some sort of "SC engine harness to NEMA system adapter"??
- If #1 and #2 are NO, do you have an opinion on which SC system might best fill my request or have you seen a bargain on something better that you can PM me with?
Is there any other wisdom on utilizing the built in engine monitoring senders/monitors/eqt that goes unused? My analog gauges are working but not knowing my engine hours is bugging me. Thanks for your input Mike.
2004 FV270, 300hp 5.7 350mag MPI Merc 305hrs, 2:20 Bravo3 OD w.22p props, 12v Lenco tabs, Kohler 5kw genset, A/C, etc.etc...
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